This is HTC’s real flagship smartphone for 2015, and it’s a Japanese exclusive

HTC J Butterfly is a hybrid of the One M9 and One M9+, and it's amazing

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HTC has big plans for 2015. So far we’ve tested the One M9, tried out its virtual reality headset, and seen its first wearable device. Since then, we’ve been hearing about yet another high-end smartphone, which is believed to be the Butterfly 3. Now the rumors have turned official, and the new J Butterfly has been announced in Japan.

Updated on 05-14-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news of the J Butterfly HTV31’s launch in Japan, the official name for the J Butterfly 3.

Announced by Japanese network KDDI as part of its summer line-up of new smartphones, the J Butterfly HTV31 is the official version of what we’d previously thought would be named the Butterfly 3. An international launch is unlikely, based on previous Butterfly phones, which is a shame because it’s the most powerful HTC phone we’ve seen yet.

It’s a hybrid of the One M9 and the China-only One M9+. The screen is 5.2-inches and has a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, giving a massive 565ppi pixel density, and the phone runs Android 5.0 with HTC Sense 7. Power comes from a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, and there’s 32GB of internal storage memory.

A 20-megapixel camera sits on the back of the phone above the Duo sensor, plus there’s the same 13-megapixel selfie cam found on the Desire Eye above the screen round the front. The body is plastic rather than the all-metal construction of the One M9, and will be sold in several different colors, including white, blue, and red.

Running through the remainder of the spec sheet we find there’s a 2700mAh battery inside the J Butterfly, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, forward-facing speakers with Dolby audio, and also — making it really stand out in this year’s flagship phone world — water and dust proofing.

If you’re wondering how to get your hands on the J Butterfly, it’s probably not going to be possible unless you live in Japan. There’s a chance HTC may slightly alter the phone and release it elsewhere under a different name, but don’t pin your hopes in it happening any time soon. According to KDDI, the J Butterfly HTV31 will be released in early June.


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